Incarnate Word (1-7) vs. Abilene Christian (4-2)
Teague Special Events Center, Abilene, Texas; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Abilene Christian looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Incarnate Word. In its last eight wins against the Cardinals, Abilene Christian has won by an average of 15 points. Incarnate Word’s last win in the series came on March 1, 2017, an 89-75 victory.
SAVVY SENIORS: Abilene Christian has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Coryon Mason, Mahki Morris, Damien Daniels and Reggie Miller have collectively accounted for 44 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 47 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.JUMPING FOR JOHNNY: Johnny Hughes III has connected on 38.5 percent of the 13 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 13 over his last five games. He’s also made 84.4 percent of his free throws this season.
STREAK SCORING: Abilene Christian has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 95 points while giving up 55.3.
PASSING FOR POINTS: The Wildcats have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Cardinals. Abilene Christian has an assist on 67 of 107 field goals (62.6 percent) across its previous three outings while Incarnate Word has assists on 38 of 83 field goals (45.8 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Abilene Christian offense has scored 83.5 points per game this season, ranking the Wildcats 20th among Division 1 teams. The Incarnate Word defense has allowed 79.1 points per game to opponents (ranked 223rd).
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